Nine More HCS Teachers Earn National Board Certification
Nine Huntsville City Schools teachers joined the ranks of 162 educators from across Alabama to earn National Board Certification this month. This brings the total number of National Board Certified teachers in Huntsville City Schools to thirty-two. Another sixty-nine teachers in the district are in the process of working to achieve certification. Last year the district initiated a new incentive to cover the cost of teachers who wanted to pursue the certification with the help of local sponsors and donations from the community.
The nine new HCS National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT) are, Mahgan Arnold (Hampton Cove Elementary), LaTorea Brooks (Whitesburg P-8), Amanda Harbin (Hampton Cove Elementary), Casey Hillard (Morris P-8), Sharon Lakin (Hampton Cove Elementary), Chanel Leslie (Academy for Academics & Arts), Dawn Rayburn (Chapman P-8), Rebecca Savage-Owens (New Century Technology High School), and Aimee Scrivner (Academy for Academics & Arts).
The HCS Talent Management staff congratulated each new NBCT with a surprise visit to their school to give each teacher some special treats. Lee Simmons, the director of the department, says that earning this certification “shows that our teachers are lifelong learners” and are “up to the challenge of working to earn NBCT status.” Chanel Leslie, who is one of the nine that just earned her NBCT, says that “its not the easiest thing to do” but adds that “it is so satisfying to go through the process.”
According to the State Department of Education, Alabama now ranks tenth in the country in the percentage of teachers earning National Board Certification. Teachers in Alabama who receive the NBCT earn an annual supplement pay of $5000 from the state. National Board Certification is considered the gold standard for the teaching profession and is a stamp of approval similar to what doctors and lawyers achieve.
National Board Certification was designed to generate ongoing improvement in schools across the nation and is the most respected professional certification available in K-12 education. The process focuses on advanced standards for all teachers by looking at what they should know and be able to accomplish in their classrooms.